Taunya Dressler
  • Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Affairs, College Of Humanities

Research Summary

My research is concerned with student success and high impact practices, specifically with how those who support high impact practices are in turn supported or discouraged from engaging in these pedagogies. I am interested in this in the context of organizational culture and change theories in higher education.


  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership & Policy, The University of Utah
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, School for International Training
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Teaching, The University of Utah


Taunya is an ardent advocate for student success and defender of the values of a liberal education. With over twenty years’ experience in education—spanning the Philippines, to Italy, to her home in Utah—she has devoted her professional life to empowering students and educators to promote citizenship on local and global scales. Her strengths fall into “communication, learner, woo, maximizer, and responsibility,” which is why she loves working with teams and cultivating potential in both colleagues and students. As Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Humanities, she leads undergraduate activities including academic advising, student success and completion initiatives, living and learning communities, Humanities Scholars first-year learning community, outreach, and recruitment. She is a committed lifelong learner who completed a doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy, with a focus in Higher Education Administration. Her research focuses on cultural and infrastructural change models in scaling high impact practices to create access and equity for undergraduates. She is happiest when she has skis on her feet, or desert sand between her toes.